1 00:00:00,800 --> 00:00:07,589 well this is a great honor for those of 2 00:00:03,780 --> 00:00:10,320 you who don't know this fine Minister 3 00:00:07,589 --> 00:00:21,630 was the minister who dedicated me as a 4 00:00:10,320 --> 00:00:24,240 small child it's all his fault I have 5 00:00:21,630 --> 00:00:28,140 before you the Reverend dr. Charles 6 00:00:24,240 --> 00:00:30,150 Gaines Chuck your ministry has rippled 7 00:00:28,140 --> 00:00:33,480 out into the lives of many contemporary 8 00:00:30,150 --> 00:00:35,579 leaders and our religious movement your 9 00:00:33,480 --> 00:00:37,860 influence on the growth of our movement 10 00:00:35,579 --> 00:00:39,960 and the diversity of our professional 11 00:00:37,860 --> 00:00:42,750 religious leaders has largely gone 12 00:00:39,960 --> 00:00:45,539 without credit so let us take a moment 13 00:00:42,750 --> 00:00:48,960 here today to celebrate you and your 14 00:00:45,539 --> 00:00:50,850 dedicated work to our faith you were the 15 00:00:48,960 --> 00:00:55,110 last minister to be ordained as a 16 00:00:50,850 --> 00:00:56,820 Universalist minister in 1961 that's 17 00:00:55,110 --> 00:00:59,039 before the consolidation of the 18 00:00:56,820 --> 00:01:02,449 Unitarians and the Universalist 19 00:00:59,039 --> 00:01:02,449 I heard some clapping you can do that 20 00:01:04,939 --> 00:01:09,090 throughout your ministry you have 21 00:01:07,229 --> 00:01:11,369 demonstrated the inclusive values of 22 00:01:09,090 --> 00:01:13,680 universalism and upheld the broader 23 00:01:11,369 --> 00:01:16,259 vision of a social gospel made manifest 24 00:01:13,680 --> 00:01:19,580 in our daily relationships our 25 00:01:16,259 --> 00:01:21,540 institutions and our work in the world 26 00:01:19,580 --> 00:01:24,030 you have ministered with congregations 27 00:01:21,540 --> 00:01:26,189 in Milford New Hampshire as well as 28 00:01:24,030 --> 00:01:30,150 Massachusetts congregations and Hardwick 29 00:01:26,189 --> 00:01:31,920 Framingham Cohasset Groton and actin you 30 00:01:30,150 --> 00:01:34,259 faithfully served on the staff of the 31 00:01:31,920 --> 00:01:36,090 Unitarian Universalist Association and 32 00:01:34,259 --> 00:01:39,329 consulted with hundreds of congregations 33 00:01:36,090 --> 00:01:41,970 will that turn about consultants during 34 00:01:39,329 --> 00:01:44,729 your time on the uua staff you visited 35 00:01:41,970 --> 00:01:47,970 44 states and eight nations on behalf of 36 00:01:44,729 --> 00:01:50,070 our faith your ministry has been a 37 00:01:47,970 --> 00:01:52,530 beautiful blend of human centered 38 00:01:50,070 --> 00:01:56,280 relationships truth-telling 39 00:01:52,530 --> 00:01:58,469 and driving institutional change your 40 00:01:56,280 --> 00:02:01,409 justice activism has included direct 41 00:01:58,469 --> 00:02:04,110 street based activism such as answering 42 00:02:01,409 --> 00:02:06,689 the 1965 call for clergy to join the 43 00:02:04,110 --> 00:02:09,380 march from Selma to Montgomery as well 44 00:02:06,689 --> 00:02:09,380 as choosing 45 00:02:11,269 --> 00:02:18,360 as well as choosing whenever possible to 46 00:02:16,140 --> 00:02:20,970 use your institutional power to 47 00:02:18,360 --> 00:02:22,590 deliberately seek out and empower those 48 00:02:20,970 --> 00:02:25,590 who experience barriers and 49 00:02:22,590 --> 00:02:27,870 marginalization at a time when there 50 00:02:25,590 --> 00:02:30,239 were few women in our ministry and even 51 00:02:27,870 --> 00:02:33,870 fewer serving in leadership roles at the 52 00:02:30,239 --> 00:02:36,420 UUA you were a consistent ally colleague 53 00:02:33,870 --> 00:02:38,760 and friend to those who were there while 54 00:02:36,420 --> 00:02:40,920 working while working to make space for 55 00:02:38,760 --> 00:02:43,099 those who are not yet in our places of 56 00:02:40,920 --> 00:02:43,099 power 57 00:02:48,510 --> 00:02:54,549 not one to mince words your passion for 58 00:02:52,390 --> 00:02:57,909 honesty and candor led you to address 59 00:02:54,549 --> 00:02:59,860 issues head-on which sometimes was not 60 00:02:57,909 --> 00:03:03,220 as appreciated as you might have hoped 61 00:02:59,860 --> 00:03:05,230 but nonetheless your analysis of our 62 00:03:03,220 --> 00:03:07,299 strengths and weaknesses of our movement 63 00:03:05,230 --> 00:03:09,659 and your willingness to name difficult 64 00:03:07,299 --> 00:03:12,010 truths have taught many about oppression 65 00:03:09,659 --> 00:03:15,700 privilege and what it means to be an 66 00:03:12,010 --> 00:03:17,409 ally in 1984 months before you were 67 00:03:15,700 --> 00:03:20,319 hired to serve at the UUA 68 00:03:17,409 --> 00:03:23,349 and because no one on staff was willing 69 00:03:20,319 --> 00:03:25,870 to attend you represented institutional 70 00:03:23,349 --> 00:03:28,720 Unitarian Universalism at the first 71 00:03:25,870 --> 00:03:33,150 gathering of bisexual gay lesbian and 72 00:03:28,720 --> 00:03:33,150 transgender uu ministers and students 73 00:03:38,740 --> 00:03:43,400 not long after that you were hired as 74 00:03:41,690 --> 00:03:43,910 the ministry supplement director of the 75 00:03:43,400 --> 00:03:47,510 UUA 76 00:03:43,910 --> 00:03:49,820 a position you held from 1984 to 1990 77 00:03:47,510 --> 00:03:52,700 and in which you boldly promoted women 78 00:03:49,820 --> 00:03:55,640 people of color and LGBTQ ministers for 79 00:03:52,700 --> 00:03:57,860 settlement in our congregations when you 80 00:03:55,640 --> 00:03:59,420 encountered resistance you introduced a 81 00:03:57,860 --> 00:04:02,120 programmatic response requiring 82 00:03:59,420 --> 00:04:04,790 congregations to examine and strive to 83 00:04:02,120 --> 00:04:06,820 overcome their own systemic and personal 84 00:04:04,790 --> 00:04:09,710 biases during the settlement process 85 00:04:06,820 --> 00:04:11,710 that response ceded the ground for a 86 00:04:09,710 --> 00:04:20,390 program we continue to use to this day 87 00:04:11,710 --> 00:04:22,400 called beyond categorical thinking your 88 00:04:20,390 --> 00:04:23,990 zealous advocacy was one of the key 89 00:04:22,400 --> 00:04:25,670 factors that paved the way for the 90 00:04:23,990 --> 00:04:28,910 diversity experience in our professional 91 00:04:25,670 --> 00:04:30,650 ministry today your Universalist passion 92 00:04:28,910 --> 00:04:33,200 for the growth of our religious movement 93 00:04:30,650 --> 00:04:35,450 was contagious inspiring and practical 94 00:04:33,200 --> 00:04:37,790 during your time as director of the 95 00:04:35,450 --> 00:04:39,560 Extension Department of the UUA you 96 00:04:37,790 --> 00:04:41,480 implemented a broad initiative that 97 00:04:39,560 --> 00:04:44,060 understood the work of extension and 98 00:04:41,480 --> 00:04:45,860 church growth to include not just the 99 00:04:44,060 --> 00:04:49,160 support of first-time ministry and 100 00:04:45,860 --> 00:04:51,800 congregations but a full spectrum of 101 00:04:49,160 --> 00:04:54,350 services for every congregation of every 102 00:04:51,800 --> 00:04:56,870 size from workshops and conferences to 103 00:04:54,350 --> 00:04:58,910 specific programs you made sure that 104 00:04:56,870 --> 00:05:01,340 congregations learned new approaches and 105 00:04:58,910 --> 00:05:04,370 found new resources among one another's 106 00:05:01,340 --> 00:05:07,340 demonstrated successes your sense of 107 00:05:04,370 --> 00:05:09,890 urgency letter led a vibrant period of 108 00:05:07,340 --> 00:05:12,080 the extension ministry program and the 109 00:05:09,890 --> 00:05:13,730 most robust outreach and growth efforts 110 00:05:12,080 --> 00:05:16,340 since the days of the celebrated 111 00:05:13,730 --> 00:05:18,610 fellowship movement you were a champion 112 00:05:16,340 --> 00:05:21,230 of programming and resource distribution 113 00:05:18,610 --> 00:05:23,420 intended to help existing congregations 114 00:05:21,230 --> 00:05:25,820 realize their potential while planting 115 00:05:23,420 --> 00:05:29,060 new congregations wherever opportunities 116 00:05:25,820 --> 00:05:32,720 presented themselves you have been a 117 00:05:29,060 --> 00:05:34,910 champion a friend mentor role model Ally 118 00:05:32,720 --> 00:05:37,610 and minister to too many to count 119 00:05:34,910 --> 00:05:40,250 your love of our faith passion for 120 00:05:37,610 --> 00:05:43,670 justice and commitment to ever reforming 121 00:05:40,250 --> 00:05:46,150 our institutions is commendable we owe 122 00:05:43,670 --> 00:05:49,000 you a deep debt of gratitude for help 123 00:05:46,150 --> 00:05:51,520 Unitarian Universalism grow when other 124 00:05:49,000 --> 00:05:53,260 denominations were waning and for 125 00:05:51,520 --> 00:05:55,270 inspiring a diversity among our 126 00:05:53,260 --> 00:05:57,870 religious professionals that helped to 127 00:05:55,270 --> 00:06:00,220 change who is in the conversation 128 00:05:57,870 --> 00:06:02,380 throughout your service you have given 129 00:06:00,220 --> 00:06:04,750 us some taste of a universalism that is 130 00:06:02,380 --> 00:06:08,889 realizable and modeled for us a 131 00:06:04,750 --> 00:06:11,590 Unitarian Universalism that can be so on 132 00:06:08,889 --> 00:06:13,930 this 23rd day of June in the year 2018 133 00:06:11,590 --> 00:06:15,880 we honor you by awarding you with the 134 00:06:13,930 --> 00:06:18,040 annual Award for distinguished service 135 00:06:15,880 --> 00:06:20,050 to the cause of Unitarian Universalism 136 00:06:18,040 --> 00:06:23,130 as presented by the Unitarian 137 00:06:20,050 --> 00:06:23,130 Universalist Association 138 00:06:40,950 --> 00:06:55,330 thank you I want to thank you so much 139 00:06:52,030 --> 00:06:58,810 for this honor at the same time I'm 140 00:06:55,330 --> 00:07:02,080 thinking of so many people who should be 141 00:06:58,810 --> 00:07:04,530 standing beside me I could not achieved 142 00:07:02,080 --> 00:07:06,640 whatever has been said without the 143 00:07:04,530 --> 00:07:11,260 encouragement the planning and the 144 00:07:06,640 --> 00:07:15,130 active support of so many of you this is 145 00:07:11,260 --> 00:07:18,250 the 57th year in ministry I was ordained 146 00:07:15,130 --> 00:07:20,350 as the last Universalist minister just 147 00:07:18,250 --> 00:07:23,620 two weeks before merger in a rural 148 00:07:20,350 --> 00:07:27,670 Church in Hardwick Massachusetts a place 149 00:07:23,620 --> 00:07:30,220 with more cows than people one aspect 150 00:07:27,670 --> 00:07:33,840 known in Universalist history is that we 151 00:07:30,220 --> 00:07:37,690 were Evangelos Evangelos means an 152 00:07:33,840 --> 00:07:40,630 enthusiastic advocate in the 19th 153 00:07:37,690 --> 00:07:43,810 century we were energized to expand our 154 00:07:40,630 --> 00:07:46,300 membership around 1850 we were one of 155 00:07:43,810 --> 00:07:50,200 the fastest-growing denominations in the 156 00:07:46,300 --> 00:07:52,960 nation my own evangelism perhaps stems 157 00:07:50,200 --> 00:07:55,240 from that during my ministry I have 158 00:07:52,960 --> 00:07:57,430 traveled to 44 states and eight 159 00:07:55,240 --> 00:08:00,490 countries on behalf of Unitarian 160 00:07:57,430 --> 00:08:03,880 Universalism I have met many friendly 161 00:08:00,490 --> 00:08:07,000 dedicated people and my own motto in 162 00:08:03,880 --> 00:08:09,940 ministry stems from all this it has 163 00:08:07,000 --> 00:08:12,610 taken from the words attributed to John 164 00:08:09,940 --> 00:08:15,250 Murray the founder of universalism in 165 00:08:12,610 --> 00:08:18,040 America when he said you may possess 166 00:08:15,250 --> 00:08:19,600 only a small light but uncover it in 167 00:08:18,040 --> 00:08:22,390 order to bring more light and 168 00:08:19,600 --> 00:08:25,810 understanding to the hearts and minds of 169 00:08:22,390 --> 00:08:30,450 men and women give them not hell but 170 00:08:25,810 --> 00:08:30,450 hope and courage so thank you 171 00:08:34,450 --> 00:08:41,070 thank you for this honor and may you 172 00:08:37,539 --> 00:08:44,849 also in your own heart and way be 173 00:08:41,070 --> 00:08:44,849 evangelists for our faith 174 00:08:54,510 --> 00:08:57,380 okay